ON THE TURNTABLE: Lou Donaldson - Mr Shing-A-Ling

ON THE TURNTABLE: Lou Donaldson - Mr Shing-A-Ling

Short, sharp and frank reviews from a confessed vinyl junkie. I'll be posting my most loved records and most recent purchases right here for your perusal every week.

Reissue of the phenomenal '67 album on the legendary Blue Note label. If you like beat-driven Jazz and head-nodding jams, then this is the album you're looking for. Of course, Lou's amazing alto sax playing is magnificent throughout, but it's the beats that take centre stage here as far as I'm concerned, and there aren't many as good as Leo Morris, AKA Idris Muhammad was in the world of Funk/Soul/Jazz.

Sampled by many Hip Hop artists, including Brand Nubian, A Tribe Called Quest and Kanye West, this album is instantly recognisable, even if you've never heard the originals before. Lonnie Smith also features on the organ, so you know you're onto a good thing with him on board too. Standout tracks' Ode To Billie Joe' and 'Peepin' are about as good as it gets in any genre never mind Jazz, essential listening.

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Sean is based in Manchester; his favourite artists include James Brown, MF Doom, The National, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Eric B & Rakim, Aretha Franklin, Serge Gainsbourg, John Lennon and Public Enemy. Sean has also been a promoter, DJ and a failed musician. Nowadays he resides in the Northern Quarter of Manchester and is a vinyl junkie, sneaker collector and MCFC fan.

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